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Soulsista934
06-05-2009, 06:07 AM
I havent posted here in a while..... Anyhooo, to the point

Its almost summer and I want to wear loose styles, the fro in particular. I tried to make a fro yesterday. I twisted (the day affter I washed my hair) my hair in big twists at night and unravel in the morning. When I unravel and finger comb in the morning do I get a big lucious fro? No! I get a defined twistout that looks weird because I only had about 10 twists and they were a lot of different sizes. I tried seperating the twistout but it just wasnt really an afro. It also feels dry even though I moisturized when I twisted my hair. I had the same problem last summer, when I tried doing the fro I just ended up with hair, yea that doesnt sound right. It is hard to explain.

Here is a picture of my hair last year, it pretty much looks the same now but longer.
http://public.fotki.com/Soulsista934/hair-...ightside-9.html (http://public.fotki.com/Soulsista934/hair-journey/year-2-oh-snizzle!!/june-2008-no-school/rightside-9.html)

Another one

http://public.fotki.com/Soulsista934/hair-...e-b/back-1.html (http://public.fotki.com/Soulsista934/hair-journey/year-2-oh-snizzle!!/july-2007-and-the-b/back-1.html)

It somewhat looks defined but I want a chunky fro! not a kinda-curly-not-full-fro!

Here is an example of my hair in an afro that I really liked from april 2008 (I brushed my hair wihile wet then went to sleep without twisting and got this, I dont want to brush my hair though):

http://public.fotki.com/Soulsista934/hair-...o/hpim5306.html (http://public.fotki.com/Soulsista934/hair-journey/year-2-oh-snizzle!!/april-2008-month-do/hpim5306.html)

I tried putting moisturizer (jergens lotion, hey, its sorta works) on my hair after I seperated the twistout but no luck! My hair felt dry and crispy but as soon as I twisted my hair it felt soft so I ended up twisting my hair and that is the style I have right now.


What do I do to get a wonderfullicious fro?

Sykee
06-05-2009, 07:54 AM
i find my hair fros up (and doesn't shrink too much) if I spritz it a LITTLE with water after unravelling any nightime holding style. it also activates the moisturiser

chachadiva
06-05-2009, 09:10 AM
Maybe use a spritz and then pick out your fro?

Lockolatte
06-05-2009, 09:33 AM
To get rid of the chunkiness from the twists you have to separate the pieces even more.

Cerendipity
06-05-2009, 11:53 AM
what i do is twist and tuck the twists under themselves, and then get in a hot shower and unravel and then watch them shrink with the steam. When I come out... nice shrunken curly froish hair

LBellatrix
06-05-2009, 12:32 PM
We are in the same boat, Soulsista, because I too want to wear the 'fro for the summer. In fact I just took my big twists out and am kinda-sorta finger-picking out the sections right now. :) I'm kinda liking the messy undefined twistout but I know I'm probably going to turn it into a 'fro eventually.

If you don't want to brush dry hair, you're going to just really have to separate the sections. To make it easier, when twisting at night, try to make the biggest twists you can make without them unraveling on you. I also like Lita's and Cerendipity's suggestion of getting near a LITTLE water while unraveling.

kmacbaje
06-05-2009, 02:45 PM
i second the water thing. I would take the twists out and then take my shower. the steam puffs them up-once you get out of the shower you can apply some oil or whatever to hold that moisture if you wish, fluff with fingers and roll. It may still be chunky depending on how much you fluff but after a day or two it will be less defined.

I actually prefer to use individual braids rather than twists if i want big hair since the twists shrink more.


kmac

Millsajjbm
06-05-2009, 03:11 PM
I'm with Lita2u and kmacbaje. I primarily wear my hair in an afro and use a spray bottle containing water and a little conditioner to soften the hair enough to lightly pick or finger comb through.

AuNappturale
06-05-2009, 03:48 PM
Sorry, chica, but your hair is too long now to get that chunky look with big twists. To get that look without brushing, you can allow it to "morph". You've seen my process. Just let it shrink, unmanipulated, over time (days, weeks even) and there you go. You could try untwisting and stepping into the shower and allowing the steam to accelerate the shrinkage.

Twisting your hair at that length is just going to make it straighter (more stretched) and crinklier (more defined). An oxymoron, but you now what I mean.

Good luck!

Here's a link to January's Nappa-morphosis, starting at pic #5.
http://public.fotki.com/AuNappturale/hair_...y/2009/january/ (http://public.fotki.com/AuNappturale/hair_diary/2009/january/)

Soulsista934
06-05-2009, 04:21 PM
Twisting your hair at that length is just going to make it straighter (more stretched) and crinklier (more defined). An oxymoron, but you now what I mean.

Good luck!

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Thanks everyone! That does happen and I dont want it to! Oh well. I will try the water thing next week!

bhop13
06-05-2009, 04:34 PM
I was gonna say make bigger twists at night.

Can you co-wash in the morning?

Sometimes I do this (in the morning) and put my hair in 4 big braids or twists and take them out right before I leave. I may have a little definition from the braids/twists but for the most part my hair shrinks right up at is drys, lol.

STRANDed
06-05-2009, 07:20 PM
Sometimes I have better twistouts when I roll my twists on perm rods or hair rollers, but to minimize shrinkage, I recommend only rolling the ends.

Now for a juicy fro, just mix some oil and water in a bottle and spritz your hair in different sections. This may create much shrinkage, but the juiciest fros suffer from shrinkage.

I also had the issue with dry hair recently. I ended up trimming my hair about 3 inches - yeah I'm dangerous with the scissors. But it was mainly because of the single strand knots, I just don't like how they look and they remind me of split ends. So I don't mind sacrificing length. Anyways, I noticed I retained moisture better after a good trim.

I also found out that my hair wubs butter. I not gonna do a product suggestion because this isn't the type of board for that, but the recipe of the product contains shea butter, lavender oil, rosemary oil, olive oil, and beeswax. My hair eats it up, and judging from your texture, we may be hair twins.

Keonsmommy
06-05-2009, 07:29 PM
I get the chunky look after wearing a twistout for a few days.

Or you could try my bad twistout fix. If I'm not happy with my twistout, I will separate the pieces a bit more. Then I will turn my shower on as hot as it goes & close the bathroom door. Once the bathroom fills up with steam I will kind of pull on & fluff my hair. If needed I will rub some olive oil in while I'm doing this. Then I'll turn the shower off & de-steam the bathroom. Maybe pat it abit to even out the shape & depending on how the front looks maybe pull it back with a headband.

Just be careful not to overdo it with how long you stay in the steam, otherwise you might as well have just wet the hair down!

ImNotMyHair
06-06-2009, 05:21 AM
here's what works for me.
1 - Braid (or twist) at night
2 - Take out twists in the morning
2.5 - Start up the shower (steamy)
3 - Spray with some product containing glycerin (StaySoftFro is what I use)
4 - step into the steamy shower and let the steam do its job.
5 - Separate steamed twists and enjoy !

olympia621
06-06-2009, 06:54 AM
Mix up castor oil, IC gel ,and aloe vera gel or activator gel (see home made curly pudding).
After you wash your hair, apply curly pudding to your hair in big plaits or twists. After your hair dries. take out the plaits or twists. Run you hands under the faucet, palms up to wet them. Gently pat your hair in place. Add more water as needed with your hands. Throughout the 1st day the braid or twist texture will go and your hair will fro up. You will have more of a fro the 2nd day. I could go 2 or 3 days (more if I was feeling lazy) without twisting or braiding at night. My hair would shrink(yeah) but in a rounded fro.

I think it would be beneficial if you clarified your hair first.

Soulsista934
06-07-2009, 01:45 AM
I was gonna say make bigger twists at night.

Can you co-wash in the morning?

Sometimes I do this (in the morning) and put my hair in 4 big braids or twists and take them out right before I leave. I may have a little definition from the braids/twists but for the most part my hair shrinks right up at is drys, lol.
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I could but I usually take showers in the afternoon, usually after I know I am not going anywhere else for the rest of the day. I like the steam thing and I could just step outside for a while and let the humidity style my hair

miss_ruty
06-07-2009, 07:59 AM
you need one of these :

http://www.corporelle.fr/uploads/produit/640x480/d7274bde59e9c59d5746cdd0cdeecdf8.jpg